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Welcome to the First of Many Changes in 2010

Posted on: March 1, 2010 5:21 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2010 9:23 pm
 

Thank you for using CBSSports.com.  Whether this is your first visit to CBSSports.com or you’re a long-time “SportsLiner,” I appreciate your interest and feedback.

If you find a bug, need help for something unrelated to the site redesign, or otherwise need customer service, please contact us through the Help center so that we can respond directly to you.

You can of course discuss the changes with me and other users by posting a message below.  If you have an idea to improve the site, please let me know.  Most of the great ideas we have put into the site over the years have come from customers.

Who is Patrick Herde?

As Vice President of Product Management, I oversee the user experience on the site: layout and design, all consumer products such as Fantasy Sports, NCAA Tournament bracket games, our GameTrackers and other statistical applications, NCAA March Madness on Demand, the CBSSports.com Community, CBS Sports Mobile, and more.

About the CBSSports.com redesign

The changes on the site today are the first of many that we’ll release over the coming months in order to better present everything that CBSSports.com offers (deep coverage of pro, college, and high school sports and industry leading fantasy news and games all within the context of the best fan community online) make the site easier for you to use, and make it faster.

You’ll note that most of the enhancements in this first release largely affected the masthead and color palette.  Rest assured that more profound changes are on the way.

Here are some of the improvements we made today and why

New location for accessing your profile: we moved “your stuff” to the narrow horizontal bar at the top of the page to make it easier for you to access—even while you scroll.  What we internally call the "open bar" currently contains your log-in, favorite teams, account and profile links, link to the Help center, and MyLinks (formerly “My QuickLinks”), but we’re adding new features later this year that I think will make it an even more important part of your daily experience on the site.

Redesigned navigation: although improvement of visual cues and the re-org of the menu items may be subtle, we believe those changes will make it easier for you to find your way around the site—and also easier to know where you are on the site as you navigate. 

Also…

  • If you’re a fantasy sports gamer, you’ll appreciate the new “Fantasy” menu that brings order to your team logos if you’re playing more than one sport.  The drop-down now includes links to our Fantasy News site, which has been very difficult to find historically on CBSSports.com.
  • Fans of high school sports, high school athletes, and coaches will appreciate that our high school site, MaxPreps, is easier to find.
  • “More Sports” has been organized into Pro and College sports.  You’ll notice that we link to NCAA.com for coverage of several college sports such as baseball, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, and more.  You may not be aware, but NCAA.com is also managed by the CBSSports.com team.

New colors: we moved away from the lighter palette in the masthead and background image in order to make a differentiated impression with the CBS Sports brand.  As the lighter palette is favored by Web design experts for better legibility, you’ll see today and in later stages of the CBSSports.com redesign this year that we preserve it inside the content area below the masthead.

Less clutter and faster: we removed search ads from the content sections of the site and removed all ad networks (advertising not sold by CBS)—reducing clutter and making the site faster.  We’ll be taking steps throughout the year to reduce page load duration.

We heard you...MyLinks and Message Board links are back: we responded to users who participated in the Beta test over the last three weeks and were vocal about the popularity of “My QuickLinks”—now “MyLinks”—and the “Message Board” links in the drop-downs.  Among other fixes, we restored those features that had been eliminated before the Beta.  This is exactly why we want your feedback.

Let us know your thoughts

So those are highlights of this first phase of the CBSSports.com redesign.  Feel free to leave a comment below to share with me or discuss with other users.  I welcome your thoughts—both positive and critical.

Again, if you find a bug, need help for something unrelated to the site redesign, or otherwise need customer service, please contact us through the Help center so that we can respond directly to you.

Why should you read this blog?

Check back for future posts. As I’ve done today, I'll update this blog, sharing information about new CBSSports.com features as we release them and future product plans. 

Thanks again for using CBSSports.com.

Patrick

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Comments

Since: Jun 6, 2011
Posted on: April 10, 2012 9:53 am
 

Fire Ozzier

Your website sucks more than ever



Since: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: January 28, 2011 11:59 am
 

Welcome to the First of Many Changes in 2010

I know this is a very old thread.  But does anybody at CBS care that they are ruining what once was the gold standard for fantasy sports.
What a joke!  The changes that were made are not what people wanted.  And the thing people wanted, Well none of them happened.  Disappointing.  I guess nobody at CBS cares that they will start to lose their loyal customers. 



Since: Nov 4, 2009
Posted on: August 25, 2010 9:28 am
 

Welcome to the First of Many Changes in 2010

horrible. things get worse daily as you find things have disappeared.



Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: August 23, 2010 5:29 am
 

Welcome to the First of Many Changes in 2010

I wonder if you could make the adobe flash information for the draft room harder to understand,



Since: Dec 17, 2009
Posted on: August 22, 2010 10:26 pm
 

Welcome to the First of Many Changes in 2010

I hate your new format!  And I don't use the word "hate" lightly. 
There are no heights and weights for baseball players, and sometimes even their age is missing.
Also, your "new and improved" roster-grid format is crap.  I don't want names by position "centered", I want them left-justified.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it!
But I'm sure you'll raise your prices next year, to pay some Madison Avenue morons who came up with the new scheme.



Since: Dec 20, 2008
Posted on: August 22, 2010 5:33 pm
 

Welcome to the First of Many Changes in 2010

Sorry, new 'changes' takes one by surprise . . difficult to get around . . caters to Fantasiers . . bottom line, pretty boring . .



Since: Jun 13, 2010
Posted on: August 22, 2010 4:55 pm
 

League home header board colors

Overall the improvements are great with one major exception. The color combination on the header bar just beneath the Name of the league header is very difficult to read. The background is dark blue and the text is dark red. This does not stand out and the contrast should be reviewed and changed to make the text stand out more clearly. It is hard to read the league home tab along with the stats tabs etc. I suggest white text.



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: August 22, 2010 4:25 pm
 

Welcome to the First of Many Changes in 2010

12. " - President Mike Brown says the turnout and atmosphere at Sunday's practice in Dayton was extraordinary. "We are pleased we did it this time, and we are sure going to think about doing it in the future," Brown said. - President Mike Brown says the turnout and atmosphere at Sunday's practice in Dayton was extraordinary. "We are pleased we did it this time, and we are sure going to think about doing it in the future," Brown said. "

Opps, the wretched "Rapid Reports" are back already. Does ANYONE, even Bengals fans, have ANY interest in the notice above? This is a complete waste of time. "we are sure gong to think about doing it in the future". STOP THE PRESSES!!! What in depth reporting!!!! Bengals fans must be delious with joy!!! They're going to think about having an open practice at some time in the future!!! I hear that a Bengals fan just felt so much joy that he impregnated his wife in the hopes that he'll have a son in his arms in time for the tot to witness this wonderful open practice! THIS is the kind of news I've come to expect from CBS Sports' web site, and they are certainly providing that quality of informaiton.



Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: August 22, 2010 2:23 pm
 

Welcome to the First of Many Changes in 2010

what happen to my teams rapid reports. where do you find them. i don't need last years stats on team homepage. i need updates.



Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: August 22, 2010 2:15 pm
 

Welcome to the First of Many Changes in 2010

this new site is terrible. can't find what you need and it gives you all this bulls##t that you don't need or want. 2 thumbs down


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